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Key issues for participatory research in the design and implementation of humanitarian assistance: a scoping review

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dc.contributor.author Ormel, Ilja
dc.contributor.author Salsberg, Jon
dc.contributor.author Hunt, Matthew
dc.contributor.author Doucet, Alison
dc.contributor.author Hinton, Lisa
dc.contributor.author Macaulay, Ann C.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-10-27T12:43:30Z
dc.date.available 2020-10-27T12:43:30Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/9365
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Participatory approaches that engage affected populations are increasingly applied in humanitarian health programs in concert with emerging accountability frameworks and the rapid growth of research in these settings. Participatory initiatives within this domain appear to be largely adopted at an operational level and are infrequently reported as a component of research efforts. Yet the evidence of the benefits of research involving community members is growing worldwide. This is the first review of participatory research (PR) in humanitarian settings. Objectives: This study sought to understand the extent to which PR values and practices have been adopted in humanitarian health programs and to explore key issues in applying PR in this context. Methods: This scoping review was based on the approach developed by Arksey and O’Malley. The search for relevant peer-reviewed articles included scientific databases, a humanitarian database, targeted journals and online resources published since 2009. Eleven articles were retrieved and reviewed to identify practices and key issues related to conducting PR in humanitarian settings. Results: Four key themes were identified: building trust with local research stakeholders and participants; the importance of contextual understanding; implications of collaborating with affected populations in PR, and neutrality of researchers and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). Study teams considered PR as a valued approach where there was mistrust or a need for contextualized understanding. The studies described how adaptations made during the study optimized collaboration with affected populations and how the presence of NGOs influenced the approach and results of PR. Conclusions: One of the most important contributions of humanitarian health programs is to develop ‘medical practices that are better adapted to the living conditions and priorities of patients who are generally ignored’. Participatory approaches, such as PR, support the development of health-related practices that are more relevant and sustainable for affected populations. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en_US
dc.relation FDN # 143237 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Global Health Action;13, 1826730
dc.subject Accountability en_US
dc.subject relief work en_US
dc.subject humanitarian assistance en_US
dc.title Key issues for participatory research in the design and implementation of humanitarian assistance: a scoping review en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/16549716.2020.1826730
dc.contributor.sponsor CIHR Foundation en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor FRQS en_US
dc.relation.projectid 254903 en_US
dc.relation.projectid 143237 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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